Deborah Gerner Grant For Professional Development

The Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development (“Gerner Award”) is awarded by the Women’s Caucus (WCIS) and sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishing. Deborah Gerner (1956-2006) was a much-loved and inspirational scholar who worked extensively on contributing to conflict resolution and peace in the Middle East. She was also a great advocate for women scholars in the international relations discipline. Funds from this grant may be used to support any legitimate professional development identified by the candidate. Some examples of possible uses include the following: (a) Travel to a professional meeting, (b) travel to conduct interviews, work with a colleague on a collaborative project, or field research, (c) purchase of databases, software, books, or other materials needed for research, or (d) participation in an appropriate pedagogy workshop or institute. Please note that these are just examples, and other documented professional development needs will be considered.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Scope of the Grant: While there are no restrictions on the subject of a candidate's research or teaching area, it will be incumbent upon the candidate to document (a) the need for the professional development activity to be supported by the grant, (b) the appropriateness of the proposed venue/purchase, and (c) the feasibility of the proposed project/activity within the specified time frame. Should the case arise where more than one candidate qualifies for the award under these criteria, preference will be given to applicants whose research or pedagogical goals focus on conflict resolution, achieving peace in the Middle East, and/or the role of women in international relations.
  2. ISA Membership: Although there will be no administrative costs deducted from this award and the opportunity is open to both Members and Non-Members of ISA, any NonMember recipient must immediately join the Association to receive this award in order to maintain ISA’s tax-exempt status.
  3. Final Report: Within one-year of receiving the award, recipient is expected to submit a final report to the WCIS Chair describing the activities accomplished with the grant.


  • One recipient of the Gerner Award will receive a prize of $2000.
  • An award certificate is presented at the WCIS/FTGS/LGBTQA reception at the ISA annual convention.

Selection Process

  • The WCIS Executive Committee will rank applications/candidates with the final selection made by Lynne Rienner.

Apply for the Grant

  • Please submit the following in PDF format by email to the committee chair: complete Curriculum Vitae; a brief narrative describing proposed project/activity (one-page); and a budget (one-page).
  • Nominations/applications deadline: October 1, 2019.


Congratulations to the 2019 Deborah Gerner Award winner, Dahlia Simangan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, United Nations University, Tokyo. 

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Jennifer Ramos | Chair
February 2019 - March 2021
Loyola Marymount University

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